What I wouldn't do to go on this trip! Cowboy Junkies rock! And on a train! I love trains!
They obviously didn't survey my relatives. [snort]
"Almighty God, we remember this day before thee thy faithful servant, and we pray thee that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, thou wilt receive him more and more into thy joyful service; that he may win, with thee and thy servants everywhere, the eternal victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
I made my infamous bruschetta last night, and the kitchen still smells like garlic and herbs. Making me hungry all over again!
I guess they've already put out the book for Dead Man's Chest, and there's a major spoiler about the end of the movie going around. I can't decide if I want to be spoiled or not. It's 6 weeks till the movie comes out, and I'm not sure I have that much willpower! I was spoiled accidently on Serenity, and it didn't ruin the movie for me, though I wasn't happy about it. Decisions, decisions!
I want it to be July 7th!
Oh, and they've started running TV adverts. Saw it on 24, House, and Lost. Going to dump it on to my DVD recorder so I can get a screen grab of Jack just near the end of the ad. It's a very kewl perspective.
Due to the popularity of my Live Journal Highlander episode discussions, Forever Knight has been added to the programming.
The first one, for Dark Knight I/II is here.
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A leading distillery has been given special permission from HM Revenue and Customs to recreate a still which, 200 years ago, was used to make contraband whisky.
The Glenlivet spirit, a Speyside malt, was renowned throughout Scotland and England. Such was its quality and reputation that during a visit to Scotland in 1822 King George IV requested a dram and is reported to have said he would drink nothing else from then on.
Okay, I just have to say, how kewl was it that Carlo Rota showed up as Chloe's ex? He's an absolute doll, and it was a pleasure to see himon my TV screen again!
Everyone is aware of the latest to do with the Dixie Pollo-ettes, but I just had to highlight this porion of their most recent interview:
... the controversy was a blessing in disguise
"I'd rather have a small following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith," Maguire said. "We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do."
But you happily took their money for your CDs, concerts, merchandise, right? Maybe you should have told of us fans that you don't really want that you didn't want us back when when your first CD came out. I could have saved myself some money!
To think I used to be such a big fan of theirs. What a bunch of spoiled, whiney little brats they turned out to be. They're millionaires, but the fans that made them wealthy and famous are no better than the dirt under their shoes as far as they're concerened. You know, I'm not even that much of a Reba fan, but she has more class than all three of the pollo-ettes combined -- and then some.
Well, I decided to do something productive yesterday,and update my fiction archive. It's now totally up to date. So if you've been wanting to read any of my fic in a larger font than the teensy font on my LJ, now you can!
I finally finished the Pirates of the Caribbean/Highlander xover! The first part is here.
The latest Red Ensign Standard is right here.
Bring your towel, and don't panic!
I was brave and participated in my first ever fic challenge. It's short, it's Methos, and it's here, if you're so inclined to read it.
Gilmore Girls: What a disappointment! I expected so much better of Loreli by now. And shame on the PTBs for dragging me totally unwilling into Luke/Loreli in the first place, but making me a believer. Dirty pool! She never loved Max? What a crock.
Grey's Anatomy: Crap! I was a sobbing weeping little puddle by the time it was all over. Not happy with Derek at all, loving Calli more and more, poor Denny!, Doc [sob], Addison and Fin just poor them for being suckers, Alex was my hero at the end with Izzy, and those aren't words I ever expected to say. Enough happened over those three hours for most series in a few months!
Survivor: I didn't care. I wanted Terry to win, but I didn't think that was likely. On the plus side: Cook Islands! That's my fantasy destination.
Dr. Who: 'Girl in the Fireplace' was so good, and had me all weepy. Seeing the Cybermen back this week was much fun!
24: I expect an alien invasion next year.
House: Next week's season finale looks to be a humdinger! As for last night's, isn't it interesting that the only person who seems to notice his increasing pain is Cameron?
West Wing: I'd forgotten just how good is was back in the day until reviewing the first episode all over again. Not that it was terrible now, just that it really wasn't the same once Sorkin left.
Lost: Let's see what they pull out of their hats tonight. I see that Sayid is back from the previews! Yay!
Stuff to look forward to this summer: 4400, Stargate, Atlantis all back. Not TV, but a stellar event, Dead Man's Chest!! Arrr! And more new Who to watch, that's always a fine thing.
In old TV sort of news, we're discussing Highlander episodes over on my Live Journal if you'd care to peek in. It's sort of like matter and antimatter colliding, but what the heck :)
Four ships from a British fleet used during the Revolutionary War have been found off Rhode Island, and one may be the vessel 18th century explorer Captain James Cook sailed on his epic voyage to Australia, archaeologists said on Tuesday.
It's a 'Food Log' morning!! Ithy looooves food logs.
will be me, if I hear any of the following from the President tonight:
"Guest Worker Program." [nudge, nudge] [wink, wink]
"Family values" in any context.
"Nation of immigrants."
"Jobs Americans won't do."
The horror! We're out of tequila! But Nin is braving the night to get us some! Just in tome for dinner!
Nin is at TarJay while I'm here cooking dinner (Enfrijoladas, if you're wondering) and everytime I start, she calls to tell me she's found a shirt, a cami, pants, that I might like. It's like going shopping without going shopping :)
So far, the onions and garlic are done. Oh, and the dishwasher is loaded and running.
There's a Cotillion roundup of the movie United 93 up at the Cotillion blog.
Decline and fall of the Roman myth by Terry Jones
We were ‘barbarians’, but early British civilisation outshone the Roman version, says ex-Python Terry Jones. We just lost the propaganda war Nobody ever called themselves barbarians. It’s not that sort of word. It’s a word used about other people. It was used by the ancient Greeks to describe non-Greek people whose language they could not understand and who therefore seemed to babble unintelligibly: “ba ba ba”. The Romans adopted the Greek word and used it to label (and usually libel) the peoples who surrounded their own world.
The Roman interpretation became the only one that counted, and the peoples whom they called Barbarians became for ever branded — be they Spaniards, Britons, Gauls, Germans, Scythians, Persians or Syrians. And, of course, “barbarian” has become a byword for the very opposite of everything that we consider civilised.
The Romans kept the Barbarians at bay for as long as they could, but finally they were engulfed and the savage hordes overran the empire, destroying the cultural achievements of centuries. The light of reason and civilisation was almost snuffed out by the Barbarians, who annihilated everything that the Romans had put in place, sacking Rome itself and consigning Europe to the Dark Ages. The Barbarians brought only chaos and ignorance, until the renaissance rekindled the fires of Roman learning and art.
It is a familiar story, and it’s codswallop.
Read the rest.
Anyone else's Site Meter basically cease to exist? It recognizes my log in, but there's no stats, no nothing, just the blurb/info pages.
I found this via Peter Sean. A story from the future by Dan Simmons (who is one of my favourite authours). If you thought I had a dark outlook on what awaits us, he beats me in spades. I don't usually say, 'must read!', but I'm making an exception for this.
A small exceprt:
....I tried to relax. “What do you want to talk about?” I said.
“The Century War,” said the Time Traveler.
I blinked and tried to remember some history. “You mean the Hundred Year War? Fifteenth Century? Fourteenth? Sometime around there. Between . . . France and England? Henry V? Kenneth Branagh? Or was it . . .”
“I mean the Century War with Islam,” interrupted the Time Traveler. “Your future. Everyone’s.” He was no longer smiling. Without asking, or offering to pour me any, he stood, refilled his Scotch glass, and sat again. He said, “It was important to me to come back to this time early on in the struggle. Even if only to remind myself of how unspeakably blind you all were.”
“You mean the War on Terrorism,” I said.
“I mean the Long War with Islam,” he said. “The Century War. And it’s not over yet where I come from. Not close to being over.”
“You can’t have a war with Islam,” I said. “You can’t go to war against a religion. Radical Islam, maybe. Jihadism. Some extremists. But not a . . . the . . . religion itself. The vast majority of Muslims in the world are peaceloving people who wish us no harm. I mean . . . I mean . . . the very word ‘Islam’ means ‘Peace.’”
“So you kept telling yourselves,” said the Time Traveler. His voice was very low but there was a strange and almost frightening edge to it. “But the ‘peace’ in ‘Islam’ means ‘Submission.’ You’ll find that out soon enough”
President Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush, widely interpreted as a peaceful overture, is in fact a declaration of war. The key sentence in the letter is the closing salutation. In an eight-page text of the letter being circulated by the Council on Foreign Relations, it is left untranslated and rendered as "Vasalam Ala Man Ataba'al hoda." What this means is "Peace only unto those who follow the true path."
It is a phrase with historical significance in Islam, for, according to Islamic tradition, in year six of the Hejira - the late 620s - the prophet Mohammad sent letters to the Byzantine emperor and the Sassanid emperor telling them to convert to the true faith of Islam or be conquered. The letters included the same phrase that President Ahmadinejad used to conclude his letter to Mr. Bush. For Mohammad, the letters were a prelude to a Muslim offensive, a war launched for the purpose of imposing Islamic rule over infidels.
'THE whole world is mov ing towards God," Ira nian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to his American counterpart, George W. Bush. "Would Your Excellency not wish to join?"
In Tehran, the Persian text of the letter has become a favorite topic at dinner table conversations and is often the source of much mirth because of its flowery style, its numerous spelling and grammatical errors and, above all, the insight it offers into the mind of a man who clearly sees himself as an agent of the Hidden Imam in hastening the end of the "Infidel" domination of the world.
Initially, the letter was supposed to be a private message from the Islamic Republic to the Bush administration. But once Washington had dismissed it as irrelevant to the issues on hand, its text was leaked to reporters in Tehran.
Ahmadinejad's epistolary exercise seem merely another of his quirks. But it must be seen as yet another sign that the new leadership in Tehran is determined to provoke a direct confrontation with the United States in the hope that, plagued by internal problems, the Americans will either back away or be humiliated.
Blogrolling's updated thingbobby that is.
Seconds Later: It is!!! [happy dance of glee and destruction]
My latest bit fic can be found here.
I just noticed that Gilmore Girls is 62 minutes long tonight. So record accordingly! I was one of those who missed the end of last season's ender because I didn't know it ran long.
In other TV news, House is on tonight! Wheeee!
Via The Corner
(I'm posting today!)
I just realized that blogrolling shows me as last updating on Thursday! I've been trying to manually ping, and I keep getting error messages. Anyone else having trouble with their pings?
You think that the food police in this country won't be trying something like this soon?
Under regulations being considered by the Executive, landlords - many of whom are still unhappy at the smoking ban - would be required to have policies to promote "sensible eating" as a condition of their licences.
But pub trade bosses said the move to make landlords provide the sensible- eating advice might mean they were forced not to sell "unhealthy" food, and that would cause major problems for the industry, and penalise the majority of pub-goers.
Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said the eating advice was aimed at banning meals such as pies, beans and chips from being served.
"It's a dangerous road to go down, and we are very concerned about it," he added. "Everybody has their own ideas about food - if you speak to vegetarians for instance. There is a danger most customers will get caught in the middle between official guidance and people who want to eat what they want.
Via The Corner
Men and women like different books! Really! They did a study and everything.
They're airing Historyonics again on History International! YAY!
Jen gave us a bottle of unfiltered sake. You have to shake it before you drink it, and it turns it an opaque milky colour. But it's really good! (she says happily after several glasses)
We opened it to drink with the Thai food I made last night, and tonight, I cooked up some gyoza to go with a plate of California Roll we bought yesterday, and am working on finishing off the bottle.
I made my first ever Thai food last night for dinner: Red Curry Chicken Saute w/ Coconut and Lime.
It was pretty good. And now I know what that pervasive scent is in Thai places: coconut milk!
We're actually leaving the apartment today! Waiting for the groceries to be delivered, then we'll head to the produce store and get the veggies for the week. I also need to find red curry paste for the chicken dish I'm making tomorrow. And it's actually sunny today! At least for a bit.
Now he's going to release the original versions of the movies. But he didn't change his mind -- oh no. And notice the $30 per movie price tag. Uh huh. Yep, exactly.
I said two weeks ago that Michael was not to be trusted! When I'm right, I'm right.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you don't watch Lost :)
After realizing my swim suit wouldn't make it another year safely, I ordered a new one tonight. not one of my favourite things to do. My last one, bought for the cruise we took 9 years ago, has indeed served me well, but the elastic on the bottoms is just about shot, and if I want to use it anywhere but at Jen's it was time for a new one. Found a sale on at Victoria's Secret, so got a floral print top and solid bottom from them. I wanted both bits floral, but they were sold out of nearly every combo I wanted. Figures.
And it would be a foursome if not for toppiing out my DVR's record capacity.
House, Lost, and Alias!
The left by the roadside choice was Amazing Race.
When I clicked on NRO, I got this:
Via Ken at It Comes In Pints? (still one of my all time favourite blog names) comes this very amusing essay about the immigrant experience from a hopeful foreigner.
.... I came, like so many before me, for opportunity. The opportunity to be represented by either the United Talent Agency or CAA in my quest to negotiate a deal with NBC for a pilot I have written called, tentatively, "My Nana Was a Stripper."
Will I succeed? Who is to say? I know only that I will work hard and live simply, in the Four Seasons on Doheny, for as long as it takes to get a meeting or until I get in at Shutters.
Call it hope. Call it a dream. Call it that feeling we immigrants get as we look down from our business-class seats on American Airlines coming into LAX and see a palm tree for the first time. We do not have these in my country. These to me are a symbol, a kind of great green light at the end of the dock, as your writer F. Scott Fitzgerald said in his book, "The Great Gatsby," which in my country is called "The Great Gatsby."
And we will call this land, "This Land"!
Read it all.
Excellent first part. Looking forward to tonight's installment.
* Foreman stabbing Cam with the needle -- that bastard! He's never been a favourite of mine, but even I didn't think he would do something like that.
* Cameron just in general I thought was great last night.
* The Wilson and House conversation.
* When House stops Cam in the hall with his cane, the look on his face... [melt]
* House shooting the corpse and the resulting blowing up the MRI scene.
Live Journal has been down off and on -- mostly off -- since late this afternoon. The status page, on its special separate server, is also down. Even six apart's website has been down, along with the movable type website at intervals. You think they'd have some redundancy, no?
Update: apparently, they're suffering from a DNS attack:
Since approximately 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, Six Apart has been the victim of a sophisticated distributed denial of service attack. This has affected all of Six Apart's sites, causing intermittent and limited availability for TypePad, LiveJournal, sixapart.com, movabletype.org and movabletype.com. Our network operations staff is working around the clock with our Internet access providers to resolve the issue. We appreciate your patience and support, and will provide updates as we have them.
Wonder if it's the same Saudi based ones from last week's Hosting Matters attack?
There's a new Pirates of Caribbean trailer out!! And it's very kewl indeed!
Only the WMV one worked for me.
This is an interesting bit of BSG trivia
The Zoic personnel were apparently responsible for the insertion of Serenity (from Whedon's Firefly series). Serenity can be seen flying above Caprica City just prior to Laura Roslin learning of her terminal condition.
Via TeaJen, list the things you wanted to be when you grew up.
Go read her list, and check back later today for mine :)
Now it's later, so here's my list!
* Like Jen, I wanted to be a nurse. I read so many nurse books!
* A nun. Seriously
* A history teacher
* An Egyptologist
* An astronomer
* A spy
* An authour
I think I'm just burned out. Take the illegal alien rallies yesterday. I just haven't posted because I don't have anything new to say on a subject I've been flogging for 15 years now. I feel like anything else I post about it is just repeating myself till I'm blue in the face. Sometimes, you just get tired of being angry, ya know?
About the only new thing I can add is that it does seem to be getting the hackles up of people who normally aren't very, well, 'political' I guess. Let's use some of my coworkers as an example who have decided a little reverse boycotting is in order. There's a restaurant down the street, the Monterey Fish House, that was closed yesterday. We're not going to go there anymore. Let's try a day without the money and labour us legal types and see how they like it then.
One of the things I got to do this weekend was watch the first three eps of the second season of the new Dr. Who! Wheeeee! Awesome possum! Also got to see the Xmas special from last year. "School Reunion" had me all weepy, but I won't say more so as to not spoil it.
Currently watching Charmed for the sole purpose of seeing Peter Wingfield. Well, he does have a very nifty coat! I'd forgotten Charmed was so bad.
In other news, Nin picked me up and told me flowers had been delivered for me this afternoon. I had a small fantasy moment when I imagined they might be from a secret admirer. The only person that's ever given me flowers is my mum, on my 40th birthday, so I had a brief moment where I imagined I might have actually received flowers from, you know, a guy. Hey, even spinsters have dreams! Got home, read the card -- they're from my mother. Of course they are! :)
Charmed just ended. Well, he did have a very nice coat [weg]